Saint Joseph

 

As no rivers flowed into St. Joseph Bay, two railroads were built connecting St. Joseph with the Apalachicola River in an attempt to siphon off some of the cotton and lumber being shipped down the river to the port of Apalachicola.

By 1837 St. Joseph had become the most populous place in the Territory of Florida, with approximately 6,000 inhabitants. In 1838 the town hosted the first Constitutional Convention for Florida, which drew up the constitution used when Florida became a state in 1845. Some have called St. Joseph “Constitution City” and even transferred the name to the new Port St. Joe

In 1841 a ship brought yellow fever to St. Joseph. The disease killed many of the town’s inhabitants, and caused the rest to flee. A hurricane in 1843 struck with a large storm surge, destroying the abandoned town. The area remained uninhabited for the rest of the 19th century. In the early 20th century Port St. Joe was founded about two miles north of the site of old St. Joseph.

Source: Wikipedia

Commercial Bank of Florida, Saint Joseph (engraved 18__)

 

1830's $5 Unissued Remainder Note

1830’s $5 Unissued Remainder Note

 

1838 $5 Note

1838 $5 Note

 

1838 $5 Note Signed David Clark, Cash., and Gardner Luther, Pres.

1838 $5 Note
Signed David Clark, Cash., and Gardner Luther, Pres.

 

1845 $10 Note Signed T. Watson, Cash. and A. Hudson, Pres.

1845 $10 Note
Signed T. Watson, Cash. and A. Hudson, Pres.

 

18__ $20 Note

18__ $20 Note

 

18__ Uncut Remainder Sheet of (4) $5 Notes

18__ Uncut Remainder Sheet of (4) $5 Notes

 

Commercial Bank of Florida, Payable At the Bank of The United States, Philadelphia, Saint Joseph (written dates of 1836 and 1837)

1837 $5 Note Signed William Patrick, Cash. and J.C. Maclay, Pres.

1837 $5 Note
Signed William Patrick, Cash. and J.C. Maclay, Pres.

1847 $5 Note Signed J.C. Wiggins, Cash. and Moses Whitney, Pres.

1847 $5 Note
Signed J.C. Wiggins, Cash. and Moses Whitney, Pres.

18__ Proof $5 "B" Plate Note

18__ Proof $5 “B” Plate Note

1837 $10 Note Signed William Patrick, Cash. and J.C. Maclay, Pres.

1837 $10 Note
Signed William Patrick, Cash. and J.C. Maclay, Pres.

1847 $10 Note Signed J.C. Wiggins, Cash. and Moses Whitney, Pres.

1847 $10 Note
Signed J.C. Wiggins, Cash. and Moses Whitney, Pres.

1836 $20 Note Signed William Patrick, Cash. and J.C. Maclay, Pres.

1836 $20 Note
Signed William Patrick, Cash. and J.C. Maclay, Pres.

1847 $20 Note Signed J.C. Wiggnins, Cash. and Moses Whitney, Pres.

1847 $20 Note
Signed J.C. Wiggnins, Cash. and Moses Whitney, Pres.

1836 $100 Note Signed William Patrick, Cash. and J.C. Maclay, Pres.

1836 $100 Note
Signed William Patrick, Cash. and J.C. Maclay, Pres.

Merchants & Planters Bank of Florida, Saint Joseph (written dates of 1840 and 1841)

1841 $1 "A" Plate Note from Harley L. Freeman Collection

1841 $1 “A” Plate Note
from Harley L. Freeman Collection

1843 $2 "A" Plate Note

1843 $2 “A” Plate Note

1841 $3 "A" Plate Note

1841 $3 “A” Plate Note

Corporation of Saint Joseph (engraved partial date of 18__)

 

1838 6 1/4 Cent  Note

1838 6 1/4 Cent Note

184_ Unissued Remainder 12 1/2 Cent Note Unique Note!

184_ Unissued Remainder 12 1/2 Cent Note
Unique Note!

183_ Uncut Sheet of 3 different 12 1/2 Cent Note Styles

183_ Uncut Sheet of 3 different 12 1/2 Cent Note Styles

183_ Uncut Remainder Sheet of 6 1/4 Cent Note, .25 Cent Note, and .50 Cent Note

183_ Uncut Remainder Sheet of 6 1/4 Cent Note, 25 Cent Note, and  50 Cent Note

Corporation of Saint Joseph (engraved partial date of 184_)

1840's Proof Partial Uncut Remainder Sheet (.50 Cent Note, .75 Cent Note, and $1 Note)

1840’s Proof Partial Uncut Remainder Sheet (50 Cent Note, 75 Cent Note, and $1 Note)

Lake Wimico and St. Joseph Canal & Railroad Company (written dates of 1837)

Florida’s first railroad was constructed fo the Lake Wimico & St. Joseph Canal & Railroad Company.  Work began in 1835 and the first train ran in Marck 1836.  The line extended nine miles from St. Joseph to Lake Wimico.  The state’s first steam locomotive was added in 1837.  Economic distress, shallow lake waters, and a yellow fever epidemic combined to cause the abandonment of the line in 1839 and the decline of St. Joseph by 1840.  The museum in Port St. Joe contains a full size replica of this train, as well as other exhibits on this “lost” town.

1837 $5 Note

1837 $5 Note

Signed by R.S. Griggs, secretary and N.C. Allen, president.  Very Rare

1837 $10 Note

1837 $10 Note

Signed by R.S. Griggs, secretary and N.C. Allen, president.  Only 2 known of the $10 denomination.  Railroad was discontinued in 1839.

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